Beet and Butternut Squash Salad

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A perfect combination of fall flavors, this salad is perfect for lunch or as a side for dinner.  Roasted beets and butternut squash are served over peppery arugula, tangy feta cheese, earthy walnuts, sweet pomegranate arils.  Tossed in a maple dressing that is easy to make and shake, this beautiful salad is gluten free and nutrient dense!

Whenever I am planning a menu, one the first things I think of are salads.  For me, they seem to be a staple with meals.  As I think of Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, so many dinner parties to attend or plan, salads are on the top of my list.  They are easy to take to a dinner party, or add to your menu.  I love eating them for lunch to balance out the rich holiday foods around me.

Salads usually get a bad rep for being leafy greens that people “have” to eat.  It’s not true!  I promise!  This one not only has leafy greens, but beautiful colored veggies too!


  • Arugula – filled with fiber, protein, iron, and Vitamins C and K
  • Beets – a great source of fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C.  Helps against cardiovascular disease, and has anticancer properties.
  • Butternut Squash – provides fiber, Vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorous, and copper.
  • Walnuts – rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, copper, folic acid, phosphorous, manganese, and Vitamins B6 and E.
  • Feta Cheese – low in calories and fat, it is rich in protein, Vitamins A and K, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium.
  • Pomegranate Arils – are known as a superfood, it is jam packed with nutrients, especially fiber, protein, Vitamins C and K, folate, and potassium.  Pomegranates have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that help against heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers.

This salad is simple, colorful, and nutrient packed.  I love it because it forces you to take a look at it with all the other dishes on the Thanksgiving or holiday table.

Looking for more salad recipes?  Check out some of my favorites:
Cranberry Apple Quinoa Salad
Quinoa Fiesta Salad
Butternut Squash and Lentil Salad
Microgreens Salad 

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I'm Sapna, a foodie, blogger, wife, mom of two beautiful girls, and lover of spices.  I have a background in Nutrition and Dietetics, which I use to incorporate healthy options into all of my recipes.  I love traveling to new places, trying new food, and in turn, creating them in my kitchen to relive the magic. When I'm not in the kitchen, I love curling up with a good book, playing with my munchkins, running, hanging out with friends, and gardening.

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